Done To Them Is Done To Him!
“And kneeling before Him, they mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spit on Him and took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they stripped Him of the robe and put His own clothes on Him and led Him away to crucify Him.” Matthew 27:29-31 (ESV)
Jak Werz and I are becoming more like “Brothers of Thunder” with each passing day. When Jak tells you “It’s all about God’s grace”, I’ll tell you “You need to understand God’s grace.” When Jak looks at a target he wants you to consider the possibilities, I’ll want you to focus in on the bulls eye. When Jak goes on vacation he heads to Florida, when I go on vacation I head to the mountains or Keswick. When Jak and I get together for coffee at Starbucks he gets regular coffee, I’ll get a coffee frappuccino, grande, with an extra shot of espresso and no whip. When Jak gave me Max Lucado’s “He Chose The Nails” to read I opened it…
Usually I get a good vibe when I read Lucado’s stuff but not this time, at least not while I was in chapter two. Even its title is hard to handle, “I Will Bear Your Dark Side…God’s Promise In The Soldiers’ Spit”. Never really took myself into the depth of this moment before The Crucifixion but I’m here now so I better examine it, and who better than Lucado to draw you in. “The scourging was commanded. The crucifixion was ordered. But who would draw pleasure out of spitting on a half-dead man? Spitting isn’t intended to hurt the body-it can’t. Spitting is intended to degrade the soul, and it does.” And those Roman soldiers made themselves feel big by making Jesus Christ look small.
Then the next question Lucado asks, “Ever done that?” And that doesn’t mean you have to spit on someone but it’s the other stuff that we do. Gossiping. Slandering. Rolling your eyes in arrogance. Basically it is making someone feel bad so you can feel good. At times I wonder if we disguise it by calling it giving good counsel or taking the hammer outta the hand of someone (because surely you’re the one who has been swinging the hammer since the wheel was invented) to show them how to drive a nail. Let me tell you something, Pilate thought he was giving Jesus good counsel and Roman soldiers loved to swing hammers. So who are we fooling?
“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you did it to Me.” (Matt 25:40) We can look at this passage of Scripture and say that we treat all members of the Kingdom with dignity but I think it goes farther than that. The key in here is “the least” and I reckon that means those without a saving grace knowledge of Jesus Christ. John Gill would put it like this, “though he is not an apostle, or a martyr, or a preacher of the Gospel, or has any considerable gifts and abilities for usefulness, but is a weak believer in spiritual things, as well as poor in temporal things” Pretty covers the unsaved world around us don’t ya think?
“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings. (Jeremiah 17:9-10) When you run this passage of Scripture through The Cross its whole meaning changes, doesn’t it? I don’t care how saved we think we are, we will have our moments where we roll our eyes. We will do what we hate to do, feel guilty that we didn’t do what we love to do and plea with our Savior to free us from this body of death. What the unsaved world needs from us is an acknowledgement that we too are one of “the least”. Amen? Chris Hughes is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is a weekly Freedom Fighter blogger
Think About This:“Allow the spit of the soldiers to symbolize the filth in our hearts. And then observe what Jesus does with our filth. He carries it to the Cross.”—Max Lucado
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12